Inter coach Roberto Mancini claims that Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is valuable to the Serie A as Lionel Messi is to Barcelona and the La Liga.
The Argentina international scored twice at the weekend to help Napoli to a 2-1 win over Inter and his sublime form for Napoli in 2015-16 has already seen him net 12 goals in 14 appearances in Serie A.
“Higuain is giving something to Napoli the other teams don’t have. Higuain in Italy is like Messi in the world,” Mancini told Corriere dello Sport.
“In Serie A, Higuain is on another level to everyone else. He scores one or two goals per game and can be decisive with every ball he touches.”
Mancini then spoke about likely deals for Inter Milan in the January transfer window, he said: “We must do our best to win as many points as possible until December 20, then we will evaluate if there is something in the market that can help,” he said. “Changing the face of the team in January is not simple.
“Pirlo is strong, but we never talked with him. And we have not thought of a reinforcement in midfield. I do not think [about Biglia, either]. We might need other positions.
“[Karim] Bellarabi is a good player, but he is playing in the Champions League with Bayer Leverkusen and will be difficult to sign in January.”